St. Louis J&J Talc Powder Litigation Begins

Jane Akre
April 13, 2017

Mesh Medical Device News Desk, April 13, 2017 ~ Talcum powder lawsuit began this week in St. Louis.

Another trial is underway in a St. Louis court over Johnson & Johnson’s controversial talcum powder and it purported link to ovarian cancer.

Lois Slemp, 61, is the plaintiff and J&J hopes to repeat its win in the same court last month when 11 out of the 12 jurors sided with Johnson & Johnson, maker of Baby Powder and Shower-to-Shower Powder, deciding the plaintiff did not make its case linking the use of the powder to ovarian cancer.

J&J said the jury’s decision was consistent “with the science, research, clinical evidence and decades of studies by medical experts around the world that continue to support the safety of cosmetic talc,” reports Fierce Pharma.

See Mesh News Desk coverage here.

Prior to the March decision in favor of Johnson & Johnson, the pharmaceutical giant had suffered three consecutive courtroom losses totaling nearly $200 million. After that, J&J tried to have the venue changed from St. Louis.

J&J recently had a New Jersey judge throw two cases out of court. See Mesh News Desk coverage here.

There are about 1,000 lawsuits pending against J&J over its talcum baby powder as well as shower to shower. Both have been used by women for feminine hygiene. Two hundred of those lawsuits are pending in New Jersey. ###

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